Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 29 to September 4: Network best practices, control system architecture, PID control, more

Articles about network best practices, control system architectures, PID control and loop tuning fundamentals, ControlNet system tips, and tablet-based augmented reality were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 29 to September 4. Miss something? You can catch up here.

09/05/2016


The top 5 most read articles online, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 for Control Engineering, covered network best practices, control system architectures, PID control and loop tuning fundamentals, ControlNet system tips, and tablet-based augmented reality. Links to each article below. 

1. Applying network best practices via Ethernet network redundancy

Implementing redundancy in an industrial network and choosing an appropriate application method can ensure continuing reliability and operational success.

2. A new architecture for control systems being developed

Engineering and IT Insight: ExxonMobil is working to define a new architecture for distributed control systems (DCSs) by creating a system made up of programmable devices and distributed control nodes (DCNs) that can collective execute multiple layers of control strategies.

3. Understanding PID control and loop tuning fundamentals

PID loop tuning may not be a hard science, but it’s not magic either. Here are some tuning tips that work.

4. Tips for a successful ControlNet system

Even though industrial Ethernet networks are becoming more common, some users still need to maintain and install ControlNet systems.

5. Tablet-based augmented reality helps predictive maintenance for pumps

Video: sensors on critical pumps can feed a system to help technicians or operators identify when failures are pending and improve energy efficiency. A major U.S. refinery will host a pilot pump diagnostic project, similar to an NIWeek 2016 stage demonstration held on Aug. 2.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, August 29 to September 4, for articles published within the last two months. 

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.



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